Melissa Harbaugh's Blog

Posted on 06/02/2021
206 Bluestem Lane, O'fallon, MO 63366 is now new to the market!
Welcome to your 2.5 year new home! Meticulously maintained open floor plan is sure to impress. This home features split bedrooms, wood laminate floors in main living areas, upgraded cabinetry, spindle stairwell, architectural shingle and much more. The large butterfly island with an overhang is great to gather around while entertaining or use as more seating. The 12x12 lighted deck off the breakfast room is a fantastic spot to sit with morning coffee and listen to the birds. The full basement has a full bath rough-in and lots of room for storage and ready for your finishes. The extra 15x15 room already complete in the basement can be used...
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Posted on 05/10/2021
The Best Beginner-Friendly Houseplants
Photo by Ray Piedra from Pexels The care and keeping of house plants can be intimidating. However, the fear of failure shouldn’t keep you from trying. There are plenty of houseplants that are easy to maintain no matter your level of experience, climate or space in your home. There is a perfect plant for you, and it might...
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Posted on 04/26/2021
Is Your Home Worth Less Than You Originally Paid for It?
Let's face it – determining how to price a home is rarely simple for a seller. In some instances, your home may be worth less than you originally paid for it. Ultimately, if you failed to maintain your house over the years, various home problems may crop up when you decide to list your residence. If these issues go...
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Posted on 04/19/2021
Top Pollen Allergy Symptoms and Treatment Options
Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels For plants, pollen is absolutely essential. This yellow powder can easily be carried by the wind or transported from plant to plant by an animal or insect and it works to fertilize the plants and help them grow. While plants may love a fresh coating of pollen, humans often feel otherwise. Millions...
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Posted on 04/16/2021
NEW to the market - 1440 Heritage #106, St Charles, MO 63303
Turn key condo ready for it's new family! Adorable condo features an open floor plan, engineered wood floors, large master bath, laundry hookups in the unit, patio off the living room and another off the master bedroom, along with an assigned covered parking spot. Convenient storage area down the hall at the bottom of the stairs. Refrigerator stays! Conveniently located near the intersection of MO-364 and MO-94 making it easy to get to where you need to go as well as lots shopping, restaurants and parks nearby. Plenty unassigned parking in front of building as well as reserved parking for the guest of the unit at the end of the...
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Posted on 03/29/2021
Build a Rolling Plant Caddy
Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store. Stability is the key here. Plan to build the caddy large...
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Posted on 03/15/2021
How New Green Homes Come Together
Photo by ready made from Pexels With all the talk of sustainability and environmental concerns, it's easy to think of these vague ideas as little more than a pie-in-the-sky dream. The nitty-gritty of green homes is often lost on those outside the industry, largely because the concepts are unique to each location and build. We'll look at just...
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Posted on 03/08/2021
Why You Should Get a Home Inspection as a Buyer or a Seller
Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered). In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on...
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Posted on 03/01/2021
Tips for Buying Raw Land
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Some of the best real estate investments are raw land purchases. The idea is to buy raw land in an up-and-coming neighborhood, sit on it, and then sell it to a developer who will do anything to get their hands on it. But while this sounds great, there are a few caveats that...
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Posted on 02/22/2021
Garden DIY: Creating a Beautiful Potting Bench
Photo by Andy via Pixabay A potting bench can provide you with a place to work on your garden, from starting seeds to grafting and transplanting. Ideally, your bench should be at a comfortable height for you to work at, be sturdy enough to support plants and tools and enhance the look of your yard. You have several...
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Posted on 02/15/2021
Choose the Right Smart Home Devices
Not all smart home devices are created equal. If you wind up paying a high price for a smart home gadget you do not need, you risk wasting precious time and resources. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make informed smart home device purchases, such as: 1. Consider Your Smart Home Device Needs The needs...
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Posted on 02/05/2021
Simplify Your Meal Prep with Kitchen Tools
Photo by Creatv Eight on Unsplash Time spent in the kitchen is almost always well worth the results at mealtime. But why spend more time in the apron than necessary when you could be spending time with the family or just relaxing. These five culinary accessories are designed to streamline the chef’s experience and help minimize food preparation...
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